The Sistine Chapel as a Symbol of Law&Justice w/Prof. Christiane Joost-Gaugier

A surprising, new understanding of the Sistine Chapel as an exposition of jurisprudence rather than theology, with the internationally known art historian and a three-time graduate of Harvard (AB, AM, PhD), Professor Christiane Joost-Gaugier.

The evening will begin with a full Italian dinner designed by Chef Chris in honor of the occasion and an open bar of wine and beer. 

$35 members/$65 nonmembers

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Garlic Bread sticks
Caesar Salad
Chicken Marsala
Snapper Francese
Eggplant Parmesan
Spaghetti squash
Linguini tossed in olive oil with fresh herbs and tomato sauce on the side


The theme of Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling has never been properly understood.  Yet the 20 nude men who have seldom been studied but are carefully arranged throughout its surface provide an important clue not only to its meaning but also, together with all the other contents of the chapel, to the purpose of the Sistine Chapel itself as an architectural monument. Taken together, these clues all indicate that the real subject matter of the Ceiling is not a complex theological scheme (as has been frequently suggested) but rather a simple one -- the Law as understood through its Hebraic heritage.  This invites us to believe Michelangelo's own statement that he (rather than theological experts) personally designed the Ceiling.

A three-time graduate of Harvard (AB, AM, PhD), Professor Joost-Gaugier is an internationally known art historian, specializing in the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance.  A former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of numerous grants, Joost-Gaugier has written extensively on Italian art and architecture.  She is the author of over-200 research publications and 7 books.  Her work has been published in international journals, exhibition catalogues, and conference proceedings.  In 2005 she was awarded an honorary Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University for Lifetime Achievement.